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Wednesday, March 20, 2024 (Paula)

Posted on by Josh Heppner 0 comments
My daughter snapped this pic of my hubby and I while we were goofing around on the beach. Ever since our high school sweetheart era, and the years beyond throughout our marriage, the piggyback ride has been a preferred mode of transportation for me. ☺️

As a kid, I remember my dad hiking me up on his back- and sometimes up onto his shoulders. I felt so protected, so safe, so close, and so loved.

I can recall and be extraordinarily grateful for the countless times my Heavenly Father has lifted me up too.

I have experienced piggyback rides from the Good Shepherd… and more so, I’ve been scooped up and held close like a lamb in His arms.

Although I can guarantee you that this curious word “piggyback” does NOT occur in the Bible, the idea behind it is there!

Check out this passage of scripture…

God says in Isaiah 46:3-4 (NIV): “Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have UPHELD since your birth, and have CARRIED you since you were born.  Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will SUSTAIN you. 
I have MADE you and I will CARRY you; I will SUSTAIN you and I will RESCUE you.”  (Emphasis mine)

That’s a promise not just the Israelites, but for all those in Christ!

God is carrying His children from their birth to their old age.  I am so glad that I am never too old or too heavy or too far gone to be carried by God!

I was carried through the dark days of postpartum depression… through the loss of my dear mother in law, through hospice bedside care and letting go of both of my parents, through marriage struggles and the fight for sobriety for my husband. Through everyday disappointments and failures and discouragements.

He has been faithful to carry me.

As the famous “Footprints in the Sand” poem so beautifully depicts…

…I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. “Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You'd walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave youNever, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you."

Sisters, know that you can ask God for a piggyback ride whenever you are weary.
And even if you forget to ask… He’ll tenderly and faithfullypick you up.

I’ll leave you with this verse for today
2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

He’s got you!


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